LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Busy As Trade Deadline Arrives Today

Monday, July 31, 2017

Yankees Busy As Trade Deadline Arrives Today

After taking the first three games, the Yankees dropped the finale of their big series against the Tampa Bay Rays, but you would think that they had lost the seventh game of the World Series.

Winning three out of four. Winning a third-straight series. Winning six out of seven. Climbing into first place. Staying in first place (thanks to Boston's loss to Kansas City). Come on, people, keep things in perspective.

I suppose it's the horrendous offense that is contributing to the reaction to this loss. The team was 1-11 with RISP. The middle of the batting order did absolutely nothing. (But, try not to worry too much about Judge and Holliday, folks.) Yeah, all of that will definitely leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth. But it's just one loss. Turn the page and take your best shot at taming the Detroit Tigers.

One thing from yesterday that should raise a red flag: Jordan Montgomery. He failed to get out of the third inning, giving up a total of 4 ER. We're starting to hear those two words often associated with rookie pitchers: innings limit. Does Montgomery have one? Is he close to it? The Yankees aren't saying. However, that's not to say there isn't one.

If there is one, it is one reason the Yankees acquired LHP Jaime Garcia yesterday. I thought the price for Garcia was too high, until I found out the Twins would be paying the remainder of his contract ($4.2 million), which ends after this season.  Garcia will officially move into that fifth starter's spot, replacing Caleb Smith/Luis Cessa, who had replaced Michael Pineda. But he might end up doing a bit of everything, depending on whether or not Sonny Gray is traded to the team.

I don't think it's going to happen. Billy Beane and Brian Cashman seem to have dug their heels in and are refusing to budge from their offers. These are two very strong men who know what they want and rarely make mistakes.  As I write this it is shortly after 8:00 am on July 31st. If it hasn't happened already, it probably won't.  But, we'll see.

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